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Statehouse to be quiet on Inauguration Day amid security concerns

PROVIDENCE – While Inauguration Day will welcome a new president in Washington, D.C., with the swearing in of Joseph Biden as the nation’s 46th...

Ruggerio submits bill to pause for-profit hospital conversions for one year

PROVIDENCE – Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio on Tuesday said he's filed legislation that would impose a one-year moratorium on hospital conversions involving for-profit...
THE REACTION TO Gov. Gina M. Raimondo being selected as President-elect Joe Biden's secretary of commerce has been mostly positive. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo’s Cabinet appointment garners mostly positive reaction from local leaders

PROVIDENCE – Elected and politically tied officials, company executives and nonprofit leaders on Friday offered both congratulations and criticism to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo...
BUDGET TALK: Rep. Marvin L. Abney, D-Newport, chairman of the House Finance Committee, speaks during discussions before a full House vote last month on the $12.75 billion 2020-2021 state budget. House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi has said Abney will continue as finance chairman in the 2021 session. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic, progressives, new House leadership could put twist on contentious issues

The 2021 legislative session is shaping up to be another severe departure from the norm, with a temporary change of venue for both chambers,...

R.I. legislative employees to work remotely following D.C. violence

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island legislative employees are working from home Thursday out of caution because of violence at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday afternoon, when...
R.I. HOUSE SPEAKER nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi confirmed Tuesday that the House will convene in January at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. / PBN FILE PHOTO

House members to begin meeting in person at Vets Memorial Jan....

PROVIDENCE – House Speaker-nominee K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, said Tuesday that the House will convene in person by renting out the Veterans Memorial Auditorium...

Some remain unswayed on marijuana proposal

Legalized recreational marijuana seemed like a long shot when Gov. Gina M. Raimondo proposed it as a revenue generator 10 months ago, but a...
CHANGING WORKPLACE: Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is one of hundreds of city workers who will be filing for unemployment one day a week because Pawtucket is shutting down services on Fridays to save money. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

BUDGET CRUNCH: Revenue is down, deficit is up, and R.I. still...

Pawtucket Mayor Donald R. Grebien never thought he’d have to close down his city on Fridays to save money, but in the absence of...
THE R.I. SENATE finance committee will begin its review of the International Game Technology PLC contract next week. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ PAM BHATIA

Did state Democratic leaders make the right call delaying decisions on...

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, all Democrats, on Sept. 11 announced that the General...
LONG WAIT: State Democratic leaders plan to wait until after the election in November to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Delaying tough budget decisions until November is self-serving

No elected official wants to make decisions that could cost people their jobs, or funding needed to carry out valued community services. Such responsibility...

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